Sunday, September 7, 2014
I posted an article recently about the number of cars in the world—said to be roughly one billion.
Juxtaposition: here’s another report, claiming that on average, automobiles are parked—that is, serving no transportation purpose—for roughly 95% of their lifespan.
Add to that a consideration for the number of car trips made by one person at a time, the inherent inefficiency of internal combustion engines, the land devoted exclusively to storing automobiles, and the hours an automobile owner must work to pay for their vehicle, and it adds up to an astonishing price.
Have you ever noticed? We often speak of cars being “on the road,” as in “the average age of cars on the road,” or “the number of cars on the road.” At any given time, however, the vast majority of cars are apparently not on the road. Imagine that instead we spoke of our cars “in the driveway” or “in the parking lot.” Hmm… somehow I don’t think it’ll catch on.